R. KELLY: YouTube Channels Removed


The site's head of legal says the action was necessary to protect users of the platform.

TeeRoy's 2 Cents:

I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to appeal this decision -- just like the legal verdict.

Good -- take it all down.

What about all of the other people involved in making these videos? This isn't really fair to them.

Just like real life -- you break the rues, you suffer the consequences.

Having a morality clause that relates to what video creators do off-platform could be a slippery slope.

A spokesperson for the site says, “We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines.” Under YouTube’s “creator responsibility guidelines,” the company might remove a user for “on- and/or off-platform behavior that we may consider to be inappropriate.” The guidelines say that a user can be penalized for “participating in abuse or violence, demonstrating cruelty or participating in fraudulent/deceptive behavior leading to real-world harm.”

YouTube’s head of legal spoke to Bloomberg about the specifics of R. Kelly TV and the R Kelly Vevo channels being removed. “Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm… Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.”


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